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Spring 2014 Graduate Course Listings
These courses welcome the participation of qualified graduate students from other departments or programs. All are taught by members of Temple's graduate faculty. Please contact the instructor with questions and enrollment information.
To include a course, please email the following information to email@example.com: Title, Course number, Instructor name and email, Meeting time. Include a short description (50-100 words). Courses will continue to be added until the start of the new term.
African American Studies
Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
AAS 8464, Prof. Nilgün Anadolu-Okur, R 4:45-7:15 pm
This course will explore the ancestral memory of Africa and conflicting elements of racial identity which emerged during the Harlem through study of poetry, fiction, film, literary criticism and drama by African, African American and Caribbean authors. Selected writings of Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Alain Locke, Dubois, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Eulalie Spence, Charles Burroughs, Georgia Douglass Johnson are studied with reference to questions of language, race, racial identity, personal past, history, cultural memory, dual racial heritage as the narrative and metaphor clash, surrender, celebrate, define or joust the sum total of ideals in the Black world.
Approaches to Lingusitic Anthropology
ANTH 8004, Prof. Inmaculada M. García Sánchez, M
Linguistic anthropology is an interdisciplinary field of study concerned with the dynamic interrelationships among language, culture, and society. Linguistic anthropology is less concerned with linguistic form and structure (language as an abstract system) than with what speakers actually do with language (language use as social action). Linguistic anthropology regards language as a cultural resource, and regards speaking and communicating as cultural practices that can and do vary significantly from one place and/or time to another. It emphasizes that communicative practices and their social organization are not just a reflection of pre-existing social structures and cultural patterns, but are in fact constitutive of society and culture.
Violence: An Anthropological Approach
ANTH 8366, Prof. Mindie Lazarus-Black, M 2:00-4:30 pm
Why do we live in such a violent world? This seminar explores violence historically and in modern times. We begin with American experiences of violence recorded by men and women in the past, focusing first on slavery and then on war and terrorism. In subsequent weeks, we consider how words, pictures, and physical harm make violence, how violence silences people, and how it creates unsafe spaces. Finally, drawing upon examples from several contemporary societies, we consider how violence is structured and expressed at home, in courts, in prisons, in “business,” and in law. As an advanced seminar, the class covers a substantial body of work on the nature and meaning of violence and is designed to encourage students to develop their reading, research, and writing skills.
Current Issues in Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 8550, Prof. Paul Garrett, W 5:30-8:00 pm
This seminar provides the opportunity to engage with some of the most influential scholarship by anthropologists and other social scientists on language, communication, and interaction. Participants will gain firsthand familiarity with many of the most heavily cited, most indispensable works of the late 20th and early 21st centuries-those that have defined and delineated such highly productive areas of research as political economy of language, ideologies of language, interethnic (mis)communication, performance, intertextuality, and multimodality
Problems in Baroque Art;
The Art of the Print in Early Modern Europe
ARTH 8740, Ashley West, T 1:30-4:00 pm
In this course we will examine the proliferation of printed images in Europe between 1450 and ca.1900. Note that we will hold our weekly classes in the Print Study Room of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, spending time studying the actual objects themselves. In addition to gaining an understanding of the processes involved in the making of woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithography, students will focus on the conceptual, social, and economic aspects of print communication as an aesthetic. The course is designed chronologically but also according to themes and major artists, with the aim of relating the history of prints to the broader cultural and artistic concerns of the period. Some of the central issues we shall discuss throughout the course are the nature of the 'original' vs. the 'copy'; the role of collaboration and authorial invention; the function of prints and development of new subjects and genres; the commissioned print and strategies for the open market; and the cultivation of print collecting.
Problems 19th Century Art II:
ARTH 8750/8530, Susanna Gold, F 1:00-3:30 pm
This graduate seminar is a readings and research course in which we will investigate public sculpture (loosely defined) as social practice, with a focus on function, intent, and reception within the social and political fabric of the viewing communities. We will consider multiple notions of "the public" as we investigate how public sculpture has been an effective tool for inculcating values, constructing collective memory, defining cultural identity, and serving as a site for negotiating and challenging existing power relations. We will discuss projects in the United States in the 19th-21st centuries including commemorative monuments, anti-monuments, earthworks, community based art, widely recognized national icons, and more obscure and unconventional sculpture.
Problems in 20th Century Art II:
Futurist Art and Theory in Context
ARTH 8760, Gerald Silk, R 3:30-6:00 pm
This course examines the art and theory of the Italian Futurist movement, especially as expressed by its major artists. The course places Futurism in a variety of contexts, including its roots and sources, its correspondence to contemporaneous movements, and its influence on later developments. Futurism's engagement in a wide range of media and its effort to unite aesthetics, design, and social philosophy will be explored. Among the issues to be considered are relationships to: Italian Modernism; Fascism and politics; urbanization, technology, and mechanization; body, happenings, theater, dance, and performance; architecture; photography; assemblage and multi-media; Italian neo-dada; and literature, poetry and the manifesto. Visits to an exhibition on Futurism at the Guggenheim are planned.
Community and Regional Planning
Integrated Transportation and Land Use Planning
CRP 8656, Prof. Bradley Flamm, T 5:00-7:30 pm
Integrated Transportation and Land Use Planning introduces students to fundamental theories, principles, and practices that link transportation planning and land use planning. Key concepts covered include travel behavior and commuting patterns, smart growth, urban and suburban sprawl, context sensitive design, changing transportation technologies, traditional and neo-traditional urban design, mobility and accessibility, new urbanism, transit-oriented design (TOD), and the jobs-housing balance. Examples used in class come primarily from planning initiatives in the United States, but where relevant, case studies from other countries are introduced.
Law and Social Order
CJ 8104, Prof. Cathy Rosen, R 3:00-5:30 pm
This course examines moral, practical, legal, and constitutional limitations of law as a means of securing social order. Classes and readings are designed to promote critical analysis of primary (constitutions, statutes, cases) and secondary (legal, philosophical, social science literature) sources of law, with special focus on the role of the Supreme Court in balancing state versus individual interests and on rules and standards by which the Court's discretion and decision-making can be assessed.
CJ 8222, Prof. Elizabeth Groff, T 3:00-5:30 pm
Social organization involves complicated systems, such as organizations, institutions and families - and their component parts. The components of systems frequently interact in a complex fashion. Simulation models offer a useful approach to understanding this complexity. Simulation models allow for the creation of theoretically informed representations of complex dynamic systems. These representations can be used to conduct virtual experiments with the goal of strengthening theories and developing better designs for empirical research. The course covers different types of simulation modeling, but focuses on applications of Agent-Based Modeling. Students will gain experience developing conceptual models and programming simple simulation models.
Criminal Justice Organizations: Structure Process and Change
CJ 8235, Prof. Phil Harris, W 3:00-5:30 pm
This course examines how the criminal justice system works at the organizational level, how the nature of criminal justice organizations are shaped by their roles within the larger system, and how the behaviors of individuals within these organizations can best be understood and predicted. Understanding these dynamics enables researchers to develop productive relationships that can result in meaningful system change. We will examine literature on public agencies in general, the social organization of criminal justice, the administration of criminal justice agencies, and the unique challenges faced by criminal justice personnel tasked with making critical decisions about offenders daily.
American Public Culture, 1770-1855
ENG 8109, Prof. Kate Henry, T 12:00-2:30 pm
Through fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry, this course will consider the public culture that developed in the United States from the Revolutionary era to the mid-nineteenth century and, in particular, Philadelphia's special place in the American national mythology. We will examine the concept of republican virtue, as well as the elements that seemed to be corrupting public life: luxury, intemperance, theater, excessive social mobility, and self-interest. Our attention will then turn to the reform movements of abolition and women's rights, asking how they both drew upon and modified the republican ideal.
Advanced Study in Rhetoric and Composition: Rhetoric of Science and Medicine
ENG 8706, Prof. Susan Wells, T 9:00-11:30 am
This class will introduce students to historical and theoretical work in the rhetoric of science and medicine. Since the enlightenment, scientists have been encouraged to see their writing as non-rhetorical, a simple display of the facts. Scholars of rhetoric have demonstrated that scientific writing is rich in metaphors and deeply persuasive: studying this work opens up ways of analyzing expert discourses and of understanding the discourses of embodiment. We will read some general theorists and then examine three cases: the four humors, early modern medicine, and drama; eighteenth century theories of perception and Romanticism; nineteenth century natural history and discourses of national destiny.
Geography and Urban Studies
Geography of Hazards: Planning, Policy, & Sustainability
GUS 5010-001, Prof Robert J. Mason, W 5:30-8:00 pm
Natural and technological hazards are the focus for this course. We review the evolution of theoretical and applied conceptualizations of "hazard" and hazard vulnerability, examine the human dimensions of the resultant hazardscapes, and look to past, present, and anticipated "cases on the ground." Our emphasis is on geographical approaches, but this can be read as a broadly interdisciplinary perspective, as is typical of most geographical analysis. Among the varied issues we may take up are metropolitan impacts of climate change, coastal vulnerability, nuclear hazards, seismic threats, and public health threats associated with disease, hunger, and nutrition. Global, as well as U.S. and local perspectives, are integral to the course.
African American Biography/Autobiography as History
HIST 8104, Prof. Bettye Collier-Thomas, R 7:30-10:00 pm
Surveying the period since the Civil War to 1930, this course employs both biography and autobiography to examine the intellectual issues and experiences of African American intellectuals and political activists and explore African American history during the Reconstruction and Progressive eras. Examining the biographies and autobiographies of figures such as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, John Mitchell, Ida Wells Barnett, Callie House and others will permit an examination of the social, political, and cultural history of black Americans and the relationship between ideology and experience for these intellectuals and activists during a critical period in U.S. and African American history.
Introduction to Africa
HIST 8800, Prof. Benjamin Talton, M 5:00-7:30 pm
In this course we examine the major themes and debates that have defined historical writing on Africa. The course's required reading consists of secondary and primary texts that engage the histories of large political entities and structures, as well as more local, individual and society-level histories from the decline of the Nile Valley Civilizations to the rise of African nationalism and the challenges of late 20th century nation-states. In this way we gain a broad sense of Africa's dynamic and diverse material, social, and political cultures and the ways in which they and conceptions of them have changed over time.
Philosophy of Medicine
PHIL 5218, Prof. Miriam Solomon, W 3:00-5:30 pm
Philosophy of Medicine looks at the specific characteristics of theories in medicine and ways of knowing in medicine. It asks questions such as "What is the meaning of illness and of health?" "Are some diseases (e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome, ADHD) partly or wholly socially constructed?" What are the differences between conventional and alternative or non-Western approaches to illness and healing? What is "evidence based medicine," and what are its limitations? What is the new technique of "narrative medicine?" What is meant by claiming that medicine is an "art"? We will learn about the "biopsychosocial" model of clinical care and phenomenological accounts of illness. The overall goal is to develop a reasoned, critical and reflexive approach to research and practice in medicine. We will proceed with class lectures and discussions, assigned readings, and writing assignments including a term paper on a topic selected by the student.
History and Culture
PHIL 5240, Prof. Joseph Margolis, T-R 2:00-3:20 pm
This course will examine history and culture in terms both of distinctive "things" found in the world and distinctive "kinds of science."
Contemporary British and American Philosophy
PHIL 4/5629, Prof. Gerald Vision, T-R 2:00-3:20 pm
This course is a survey of the British and American Philosophy in the twentieth century. Spillover into the twenty-first century will be evident as we proceed. We shall begin with the contributions of Moore and Russell in the early years of that century, and end up with those of philosophers such as Kripke and Davidson, toward the end of the century. Along the way we shall encounter loosely constructed philosophical movements such as Logical Atomism, Logical Positivism, Ordinary Language (or Oxford) Philosophy, and a number of late twentieth century thinkers who aren't members of popularly labeled movements. In addition to the philosophers mentioned, we shall be studying figures such as Ayer, Carnap, Wittgenstein, Austin, Quine, P. F. Stawson. and Dennett.
Culture, Reason, and Historicity in 19th-Century Philosophy
PHIL 4271/5271, Prof. Kristin Gjesdal, M 3:00-5:30 pm
How do we understand other cultures? How do we get beyond our own horizon of beliefs and practices? Is it at all possible to understand cultures that are—historically or geographically—distant to and different from our own? What is the value of trying to understand others? And what role does art and artistic expressions play in this regard? In this course we shall be looking at how these questions structure the beginnings of modern hermeneutics in the work of Kant, Herder, the romantics, Hegel, Dilthey, and Nietzsche. Combining a historical and a systematic approach, we will see how the philosophical legacy of the nineteenth century resonates in the work of Foucault, Habermas, Gadamer, and others.
Topics in American Politics: Political Institutions
POL SCI 8130, Prof. Megan Mullin, T 3:00-5:30 pm
Political institutions provide the "rules of the game" in political life; they are the formal and informal structures and practices that guide political choices. This course offers a theoretical overview of political institutions - their design, consequences, stability, and fit with the problems they have been assigned to address. We will examine institutional design and performance across a range of settings in American, comparative, and international politics, with some emphasis on institutions governing humans' interaction with the natural environment. Other substantive applications will be selected based on the interests of seminar participants.
19th- and 20th-Century Political Philosophy
POL SCI 8404, Prof. Aryeh Botwinick, T 5:40-8:10 pm
This course focuses on Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Michael Oakeshott by way of considering the fate of skepticism and liberalism in 19th and 20th Century political thought.
Secular Jewish and Muslim Women
REL 4011/WS4011 MLA 8150 JS 4011, Prof. Laura Levitt, W 5:30-8:00 pm
Secularism is often defined as the opposite of religion. Religious women have alternately found western secularism to be a source of liberation (as it grants them greater civil rights) and a source of oppression (as it putatively shrinks the religious sphere). The creation of feminisms through Jewish and Muslim experience has complicated the meanings of secularism and in powerful ways challenging the notion that feminism is necessarily secular. Readings will include: Plaskow, The Coming of Lilith; Wadud, Inside the Gender Jihad; Cady and Fessenden, Religion, The Secular, and The Politics of Sexual Difference, and others.
Foundations in Religion and the Social Sciences
REL 5002, Prof. Sydney White, W 2:00-4:30 pm
This course will provide an overview of key theoretical and methodological approaches in the social sciences, particularly anthropology and sociology, to the study of the intersections of religion, ideology, culture, and society from the late 19th Century to the present. We will engage the following theorists and schools of thought: Marx & Engels; Durkheim; Weber; Boasian cultural anthropology; British structural-functionalism ; symbolic anthropology; political-economy; feminist anthropology; postcolonial critiques and issues of representation; Foucault; Bourdieu; Agamben. We will conclude the course with an assessment of the impact of post-structuralism and critical theory on contemporary religious studies, cultural studies, and sociocultural anthropology.
Religion and Public Life
REL 8011, Prof. Rebecca Alpert, M 5:00-7:30 pm
We will inquire about key intellectual issues pertaining to the public understanding of religion in the U.S. today: examining the ideas of secular and religious; understanding the first amendment clauses on religious freedom and establishment; tracking ethical debates concerning race, gender, and sexuality; gaining perspective on civil religion and popular culture; examining how religion uses and is portrayed in the media; and gaining insight about religious pluralism in local and global contexts. Additional goals include understanding the connections among world events, American society, and religious life. Students will do critical writing in a variety of styles to address public and academic audiences.
Spanish and Portugese
The Spanish Language of Puerto Rico
SPA 8304, Prof. Jonathan Holmquist, T 5:30-8:00 pm
This course provides an overview in the study of the Spanish language of Puerto Rico. It will include research occurring over much of the 20th century up to the present time, although aspects of earlier history of Spanish on the island will be presented as well. It will include the perspectives of historical linguistics, traditional dialectology, quantitative sociolinguistics, linguistic theory, and pragmatics; and it will examine a range of lexical, phonological, morphological, syntactic, and discourse-level phenomena. The course provides the opportunity to participate in field research focusing on Puerto Rican Spanish in North Philadelphia. Classes will be conducted in Spanish.